Book Review: Good Husbands by Cate Ray #GoodHusbands #RandomThingsTours @CateRaywriter @septemberbooks @RandomTTours


Three wives, one letter, and an explosive secret that will change everything.

He said, she said. Who do you believe?

Jessica, Stephanie and Priyanka are complete strangers, but they have one thing in common: they’ve each received a letter accusing their husbands of committing a sexual assault more than two decades prior. Is the accusation true or is there more to the story? It was a secret that remained buried for years.

With their worlds suddenly turned upside down, they don’t know who to trust – a complete stranger or the men they love and built their lives with. The three women come together to embark on a hunt for the truth, but they are hardly prepared for what they will discover. Who is the victim, and will justice ultimately be served?

My Review

This is the story of three wives and a secret that could turn their lives upside down. Jess, who works in an art gallery, is married to Max. Priyanka, a teacher is married to Andrew and Stephanie, a dental receptionist is married to Daniel. Jess, Priyanka and Stephanie have never met but on the same day they each receive a letter from someone called Holly accusing their husbands of attacking her mother which resulted in her conception and directs them to a storage unit. Who do they believe; a stranger or their husbands? What did happen that night? This is the story of three women who come together on a quest for truth and justice.

This book had a really interesting concept where the three main characters Jess, Priyanka and Stephanie find themselves with a moral dilemma. Do they acknowledge the letter and ask those difficult questions or put it out of sight and out of mind. Do they trust the men they’ve married or search for the truth about what happened even if that means destroying their own lives and families in the process. The story was written in such an intriguing and compelling way that it kept me guessing about what had actually happened. The more the characters delved into what happened it was difficult at times to know who to trust and who was telling the truth. At the same time the author has done an amazing job writing about a very tough and sensitive subject. It was interesting to see how each character reacted to the letter. Jess is curious and starts to look up the names listed in the letter. It is Jess who takes the first step in contacting Priyanka and Stephanie to bring the group together. Priyanka sees it as a sick joke. Stephanie puts it in a tin so she can think about what to do. If I had received such a letter I would have no idea how to react. However by the end of the book all three characters have formed a bond that can never be broken.

The story was split into three sections; the letter, the diary and the key. It is also told from multiple narratives so it was interesting to see what each of the three characters were thinking and the impact the letter had on them. The ending wasn’t what I expected but that last page was very fitting to the story.

A book I would highly recommend with a story full of suspense, emotions and a strong female cast.

Author Bio

Cate Ray is a pseudonym for Cath Weeks. Cath was born near Bath, and after stints in London and Paris returned to Bath where she lives with her family.

The author of four previous novels under her own name, she has been selected for book clubs by Elle, Evening Standard, Closer and Woman & Home. She was nominated for the Waverton Good Reads award and a Frome Literary Festival award winning short story has been produced and broadcast on the BBC. @CateRaywriter

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